Vertically Rotate HTML Element using CSS

Vertically Rotate HTML Element using CSS

In this simple Tutorial we will learn how to rotate any HTML Element using simple CSS. The vertical rotation of HTML Element using CSS can be used anywhere on a website or web page.

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I have made HTML file with simple HTML structure. I have made a div inside body tags with the class main-div. We will rotate this div using CSS but first we will change its look, which bring us to the CSS section of our Tutorial.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<meta charset = "UTF-8" >
<title>Vertically Rotate HTML Element using CSS</title>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css">
<div class="main-div">

CSS Code

In CSS file I have done some styling of our main div. I have used linear-gradient property of CSS to give my div two colors in 45 deg angle. This will help us to see the rotation clearly. I have used position property and margin property of CSS to align my main div in the center of page, both vertically and horizontally.

I have given it some width and height as well and used box-shadow property to give it some shadow.

CSS Animation Property

The key part of this Tutorial is where I used animation property of CSS to create a rotation animation which is used to rotate element vertically.

I have set animation-name to ver-rotate (you can name your animation anything you like), animation-duration to 5 seconds, animation-iteration-count to infinite (animation would play infinite times) and animation-timing-function to linear which specifies the speed of animation to be same, throughout the duration of animation.

CSS @Keyframes Rule

The other important thing to learn from this Tutorial is the CSS @Keyframes rule that I have used to control the animation key frames step by step. The @keyframes rule give more control over transitional periods of animation than CSS Transition Property.

The @Keyframes rule of CSS is to control animation over the duration of 5 seconds. For that I have used the transform property of CSS to rotate my main div along Y-axis. When the animation starts the position of my main div would be 0deg along Y-axis and at the end of animation the position of my main div would be 360deg along Y-axis.

background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(45deg, #111 50%, #f7c942 50%);
height: 200px;
width: 200px;
position: absolute;
left: 0;
right: 0;
margin: auto;
box-shadow: 0px 0px 10px 2px #000;
animation: ver-rotate 5s infinite linear;
@keyframes ver-rotate
transform: rotateY(0deg);
transform: rotateY(360deg);

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